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Leicestershire & Rutland Construction Dinner 2019 Celebrates Craftsmanship

The Leicestershire & Rutland Construction Dinner, recently held at College Court Conference Centre, Leicester, brought together talented contractors and construction professionals to celebrate the Leicestershire & Rutland Joint Consultative Committee, (LJCC), ‘Awards for Craftsmanship’.  The LJCC committee, comprises of local Architects, Surveyors, Building Contractors and Structural Engineers. The judges were overwhelmed by the high standard of entries received this year and acknowledged that all the schemes entered demonstrated construction skills at their very best.  Eleven awards were given for projects, which demonstrated the highest level of craftsmanship. All awards were presented by Richard Beresford, CEO of the National Federation of Builders (NFB); these were given to: -

Midland Stonemasonry Ltd for the stonework repairs to the south elevation of Leicester Cathedral including new fox and tiger grotesques, to the west and south west elevations.
Paul Knight & James Kearney Ltd for the restoration of stone quoins, cills and heads at Wyndham Lodge stables, Melton Mowbray.
Distinctive Developments Ltd for the boutique development of 3 detached homes at Glaston Gardens, Glaston, Rutland.  The houses having been constructed in Clipsham limestone rubble with ashlar limestone quoins, stone cills, blue slate roofs and flush casement windows.
DTM Brickwork Masonry Contractor Ltd, received an individual award for the hand dressed limestone on the 3 detached houses at Glaston Gardens because the judges were particularly impressed by the artisan’s skill which showed off the high level of consistency and quality of their stonework.
Restoration and keeping historical traditions alive in building today, won an award for Petric Contracts Ltd for the conversion of four Grade 2 listed buildings, Castle View Properties for De Montfort University into offices and a Micro Pub for students and staff.
Westminster Building Company Ltd received high accolade from the judges for the high standard of craftsmanship and skill demonstrated in the complete refurbishment of three lecture theatres with I the George Porter Building at the University of Leicester.
Westminster Building Company Ltd also received a second award for the internal refurbishment and alterations to create a “Business Innovation Hub” within an Edwardian building owned by the University of Leicester.
Stepnells Ltd received two awards, for the refurbishment and part new build, West Walk, Leicester and two new riverside offices, Friar Mill, Leicester.
Waterfront House the new offices of Stephen George + Partners Architects inspired the judges.  An award for the whole project was presented to NMCN Plc as the main contractor.
The final award was presented to, Tony Morris (Builders) Ltd received high praise from the judging team for the stunning high quality refurbishment and remodelling of G Seller & Co Ltd Funeral Director’s, Hinckley, the award received was for the whole project.
Dr Margaret Bonney, a local historian, gave an engaging talk about the history of Knighton, recalling the quality of building design and the craftsmanship of yesteryear: where the ‘Suburbs meet Utopia – Knighton before 1940’.
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This year’s chosen charity was the Diana Children’s Community Service; a charity that supports families with children who have a life-limiting illness.  Palliative care lead nurse, Julie Potts, and operational team lead, Corinne Hutton were invited to speak at the dinner, and outlined the team’s specialist, holistic approach and the impact it has on families at the most difficult time in their lives.  The evenings raffle raised £1,400.00 for the charity and Julie and Corinne were presented with a cheque from Mike Coles, Chair of the Local Joint Consultative Committee. (See right)
Past President and an Honouree Life Member of the NFB, Andrew Oldershaw and his wife Carolyn, hosted the evening.
Images of the winners of the 2019 awards receiving their certificates are below
Details of the wining projects can be found to the left
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Leicestershire & Rutland Craftmanship 2021 awards COVID update
The Leicestershire Joint Consultative Committee is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and its implications for all our activities. We take the safety of all those involved in LJCC activity extremely seriously.

We hope everyone is keeping well and subject to our January review meeting, it is with regret that due to the continuing pandemic, we have postponed our awards dinner again for 2021, but it is hoped that we will be able to run the event in 2022.  Further updates will be announced after our next review meeting in September 2021. Provisionally we are looking to hold the dinner on the 6th October 2022.
As such we will adjust the time constraints for next year to allow for projects that would have been legible for 2020 and 2021 to be reviewed in 2022.